DOJ charges seven Russian officials for hacking doping agencies


The seven officials are charged with hacking, stealing private and sensitive information and publishing it as retaliation. The campaign targeted 250 athletes from 30 countries, along with US and international anti-doping agencies. The athletes were specifically targeted because they spoke out against the Russian state-sponsored doping program.

However, it wasn’t just limited to the Olympics. Russia carried out retaliatory attacks against other actors as well, including organizations investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. John Demers, assistant attorney general for the national security division of the DOJ, accused the Russian officers of using hacking to “distract from their own government’s wrongdoing.”

While DoJ officials made clear that this case is entirely separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, there are overlapping actors involved. Three of the seven officials that are named in this specific indictment were also named by Mueller as interfering in the 2016 US election.


, 2018-10-04 13:56:00

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